Maryland state investigators announced this week that the files of Doctor Nikita Levy reveal that he had accumulated at least 1,200 secret photos and videos of his nude female patients.
Levy, age 54, who committed suicide one year ago upon learning that he was being investigated, was a gynecologist for Johns Hopkins Community Medicine.
According to Maryland state prosecutors, Levy filmed his patients by using tiny, secret cameras hidden inside pens during exams and procedures, a scheme that they believe had been going on since 2005.
A spokesman for the state attorney general’s office reports that, although Johns Hopkins has records of more than 12,000 patients treated by Levy during that timeframe, the number of victims is unknown.
For more than a year, investigators had remained silent about the volume of Levy’s secret activities. Detectives would say only that he was the sole suspect and that they were charging no one else.
The case is now the subject of a class-action lawsuit involving thousands of patients who fear they were victims.
Johns Hopkins spokeswoman Kim Hoppe told reporters that because the case was ongoing, her ability to comment freely is limited. She said, “We remain saddened that a member of our ranks would violate doctor-patient trust.”
Johns Hopkins fired Levy in February 2013, after a woman doctor reported on the “suspicious” pen that he routinely wore on a chain around his neck. Four days later, police raided the doctor’s home.
It was 10 days later that he was found dead. Levy had left a suicide letter to his wife apologizing. His body was found suffocated with a plastic bag over his head.
Regretfully, the case of Nikita Levy is but one of many cases in which doctors have been found filming their nude patients. Here are two:
In August 2011 Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley was sentenced to 14 life terms for sexually assaulting and filming hundreds of children.
In 2012 St. Francis Hospital in Hartford Connecticut paid out $50,000,000 to 150 victims of Doctor George Reardon, who used a medical study as a pretense to take sexually explicit photos of children.
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